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Sociological Theory

Contemporary Debates



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Sociological Theory: Contemporary Debates by (John) Scott
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This volume explores the principle trends and lines of division within comtemporary sociology, presenting arguments about the relative merits of the positions covered. Beginning with the work of Talcott Parsons, which set the scene for subsequent debates, the book considers symbolic interactionism, rational choice and exchange theories, conflict theories, and structuralism. It also examines the development of neofunctionalism, the rise of post-structuralism, and the recent work of Giddens. The central argument expounded in this book is that further advances in sociological understanding will arise from the synthesis of rival ideas. It concludes with an examination of the new systhesis produced by Jurgen Habermas.

Table of Contents

Foundations for sociology; Talcott Parsons - where it all began; rational choice and social exchange; symbolic interaction and social constructs; conflict and collective agency; structure, function and system; deep structures and causal mechanisms; collective representations and cultural codes; interpretation, structuration and rules; Jurgen Habemas - a new beginning?
Release date NZ
June 1st, 1995
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
bibliography, index
Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
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